By RODNEY HO, originally filed Tuesday, September 6, 2016
It's been tough in recent years for syndicated talk show hosts. Among the casualties: Meredith Vieira, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, Katie Couric, Jeff Probst and Anderson Cooper. The only solo success story over the past five years is part-time Atlantan Steve Harvey.
This fall's two new faces are musician and former "American Idol" judge Harry Connick Jr. and Dallas megapreacher T.D. Jakes.
Starting next week, Jakes will take the 2 p.m. slot on 11 Alive, taking over for Rachael Ray. Jakes will also receive a bonus 9 a.m. airing on sister station WATL-TV. (OWN will air episodes later as well.)
He did a successful test run in the summer of 2015. Here was an episode:
Ray will be buried at 3 a.m. on WATL-TV so fans of her with a DVR can continue to watch her.
Connick's new show beginning September 12 will air at 2 p.m. on Fox 5, replacing "TMZ Live," which moves back an hour. "Access Hollywood" loses a daytime slot but can be seen for insomniacs at 3 a.m. (or you can DVR it, of course.)
On "American Idol," Connick came across as charming, funny and smart. The hope is he can transfer his personality into an appealing daytime format.
On CW69 (WUPA-TV), "The Bill Cunningham Show" will be replaced at 3 p.m. with "The Robert Irvine Show." Irvine is the host of "Restaurant Impossible"on the Food Network. Irvine will offer tough-love advice and conflict resolution options for everyday people facing a range of problems.
The non-primetime lineups for WSB-TV and CBS46 are expected to remain the same.
Over on WATL-TV, Steve Wilkos loses his second run at 9 a.m. but will still air at 2 p.m.
WATL also shuffles its after-midnight lineup, dropping "Cougar Town" at 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. and"Everybody Loves Raymond" at 1:30 a.m., adding "The Simpsons" at midnight and doubling up "Hot in Cleveland" at 1:30 a.m and 2:30 a.m.
Peachtree TV is bringing back Atlanta's Judge Glenda Hatchett, who has been off the air for several years. Her original show "Judge Hatchett" aired from 2000 to 2008. Her new show is called "The Verdict' and will air locally at 3 p.m., taking over for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," which moves to 4 p.m. The network is also picking up ABC's "Last Man Standing" (10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) and History's "Pawn Stars" (11 p.m.).
"Seinfeld" on Peachtree TV moves from the 10 p.m. hour to 11:30 p.m. and midnight.